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Ola Chowning

Ola Chowning

Ola Chowning

ISG

I’m a partner with ISG (a leading global technology research and advisory firm), and the global lead for our Enterprise Agility practice. I have been advising and leading established organizations through enterprise agility (DevOps, Agile, Lean, business-alignment), operating model, and digital transformations for many years - all of which can be severely challenged by legacy cultures. Technology and process are certain critical, but people are the core of any paradigm shift. And enterprise agility is definitely that. I am a digital thought leader with over 25 years of leadership experience within various industries helping enterprises transform digitally. I have expertise in emerging delivery models that contemplate the rapidly changing technology landscape and have advised corporations in the opportunities related to emerging technologies. I’m fluent in Enterprise Agility, DevOps, cloud, and automation, and speak regularly at industry conferences.

Session: Skill Shift - From Deep To Wide, Hard To Soft

For anyone who’s been in technology for any length of time, you’re likely a very savvy specialist in a specific technology domain. But DevOps required skills as much broad as deep - generalists are in high demand - and as much soft as technical. Can you manage digital product investments as well as write automated test scripts? Configure infrastructure including monitoring for the right operating as well as business feedback metrics? Architect the container approach while sharing accountability for business growth? You might be surprised how many high demand skills are less about technology and more about team dynamics, problem solving, negotiation, collaboration, business acumen, and verbal communications. Hear about some specific skill trends in the industry, and how two companies are helping members of their technical workforce move from earbud wearing coders to collaborative white-board business consultants. And how you can focus on gaining the additional skills you need to take your career to the next level.